I was hoping to get this first couple of reviews out to you fine people a little sooner that this; but such is life. I am happy to say that the first of the Irish whiskies I have for you this season, is something a bit different. Connemara is not only one of the Irish single malts available, but is also peated, making it a great spirit for those early spring days. Connemara is distilled and bottled at Cooley Distillery located in County Louth in Western Ireland. Unlike typical Irish whiskies which are triple distilled, Connemara is double distilled giving in two separate pot stills before being aged in ex-bourbon casks. Now even though this is peated, don’t expect anything similar to an Islay Scotch. Connemara has about 14ppm (phenols per millions), only half of what is typically found in the average Islay scotch. Though it may not be as popular as Jameson or Bushmills, this unique spirit isn’t going without recognition.

  • 2011: Double Gold SFWSC
  • 2011: Gold and Best in Class IWSC
  • 2010: Gold and Best in Class IWSC
  • 2009: Best Irish Single Malt World of Whiskies Awards

COLOR: Light amber, almost honey like.

NOSE: Smoke and mossy peat right there at the forefront, that is balanced by a green apple and lemongrass brightness.

BODY: Medium – Light, very smooth.

PALATE: A very clean honey and vanilla like sweetness.

FINISH: Rounded and balanced heather with some smokiness.

Connemara Peated Single Malt